It’s STD Awareness Month
Each year, more than 20 million STDs are diagnosed, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More than half of those infections are young people ages 13 to 24. But even with so much info out there about STDs, too many of us don’t know what we need to know. Let us debunk the top myths for you.
What’s the Big Deal? All STDs Are Curable
Fact: While there is treatment that can help cure bacterial STDs such as chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis, viral STIs such as herpes and HIV don’t have a cure.
You Can Only Contract the Same STD Once
Fact: Once you contract HIV and herpes, you have that forever. But other STDs are not like chicken pox. If you are diagnosed and treated for an STD, you are still vulnerable to contract them again.
Withdrawal Method Prevents STD Infection
Fact: Fellas, you do not need to fully ejaculate to transmit or be infected with an STD. Wrapping it up—from beginning to end—protects you and your partners.
If I Had an STD, I Would Know
Fact: If only this were true. For STIs like chlamydia, HPV and gonorrhea to name a few, most people show no signs of being infected, especially young men. The only way to know if you are infected is to get screened—women and men!
Only Promiscuous People Have STDs
Fact: Having multiple partners does put you at an increased risk for contracting STDs, but anyone, especially those who are not using condoms, is at risk. It only takes one person and one time to get an STD.
You Can’t Catch STDs From Anal or Oral Sex
Fact: STD transmission doesn’t discriminate between a vagina, anus or mouth. You can most definitely get an STD during any mode of sexual intercourse. FYI: Your anus has really sensitive skin and can be a vessel for STD transmission.
You Can Get an STD From a Toilet
Fact: Bacteria and viruses that cause STDs can’t really live outside the body very long, let alone stay active on a toilet seat.
Using Condoms Protects You 100 Percent From STDs
Fact: Yes, condoms can protect you from STDs, but there are times when they may not provide you with protection. For example, you can contract herpes from skin on skin contact, even when someone is not having an outbreak.
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